Learn How to Identify Rip Currents So You Don't Die on Spring Break

Beaches are a relaxing place to spend a family trip or just enjoy a raging, booze-fueled spring break. While a trip to the ocean can be packed with fun, it can also be dangerous. Aside from sunburns and jellyfish, one of the most dangerous things you have to look out for is a silent, sloshing killer: rip currents. » 3/21/15 3:02pm 3/21/15 3:02pm

Five Fear Mongering Stories That Are True (But Overblown)

The media loves blowing little things up into huge stories. Whether it's something in your refrigerator that's out to kill you or a the filthiness of a jacuzzi, most of this stuff is meant to grab your attention long enough to scare you without actually explaining anything. But some of this stuff is worth paying… » 10/31/14 2:05am 10/31/14 2:05am

This Is Why You Don't Hide Under A Tree During A Lightning Storm

Penguins teach humans to walk on ice without getting injured

Loving this little graphic from the folks at TABLET Infographics (see below for the full image). The penguin's waddle is an age-old and oft-cited technique to avoid seriously injuring yourself while walking on ice, but be advised: moving like a penguin can be exhausting. » 2/12/13 11:17am 2/12/13 11:17am

Surviving a plane crash is more common than you probably realize

Planes are very safe, and chances are you've been told as much. "You're more likely to die on your drive to the airport than you are in the sky," and all that. But do you know why planes are so safe? It's not just because plane crashes are rare (though they most definitely are). It's also because even if you do… » 11/13/12 6:40am 11/13/12 6:40am

Chicago comes up with a plan to get rid of pedestrian deaths within a…

If you're a pedestrian in a major city, then you live in fear of your life every day. To cross the street is to be reminded that your life is cheap, and traffic rules are often viewed purely as suggestions. Even if you don't jaywalk. » 9/24/12 4:02pm 9/24/12 4:02pm

10 Ways 9/11 Changed the Way We Build

Ten years ago today, Chicago developer J. Paul Beitler — who once aspired to build the world's tallest building — told The Chicago Tribune that governments would cease to approve plans for skyscrapers, for fear that they would become "magnets for future terrorism." » 9/12/11 10:13am 9/12/11 10:13am